VMB-413
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VMB-413, nicknamed, The Flying Nightmares, was the first squadron to see combat beginning in March 1944. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A. B. Galatian, VMB-413 began operations from Stirling Island in the Treasury Group. The primary job was heckling Japanese installations at Kavieng on New Ireland and Rabaul on New Britain.

The squadron's primary mission was heckling Japanese installations at Kavieng on New Ireland and Rabaul on New Britain. Losses were exceptionally heavy during the first two months of operation with VMB-413 losing five aircraft and 27 men, mostly through enemy action. VMB-413 Patch courtesy of Robert J. Yanacek.

VMB-413 Commanding Officers

Major Robert B. Cox 1 March to 30 June 1943; Lt. Col. Ronald D. Salmon 1 July 1943 to 5 February 1944; Lt. Col. Andrew B. Galatian Jr., 6 February to 13 August 1944; Lt. Col. Stewart W. Ralston 13 August to 7 November 1944; Lt. Col. Roswell B. Burchard Jr., 7 November to 31 December 1944; Lt. Col. Robert B. Cox 1 January to 16 August 1945; Major Arthur C. Lowell 17 August to date of surrender.

PBJ approaching Prince of York Island March 1944 (R. Joe Deceuster)

 

Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Galatian talking to his me.